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Westfield Insurance Foundation Supports YMCA with $9,000 Donation

August 8, 2018

The Westfield Insurance Foundation has donated $9,000 to the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana’s Annual Campaign, which helps fund Outreach Programs for at-risk youth in the community.

The money will help fund the YMCA’s College and Career Readiness Program, which serves 250 students each school year. The program is currently offered at six local schools including Caze, Fairlawn, McGary, Delaware, Evans, and North Junior High School. The program allows students to research careers, visit college campuses, and tour local businesses to learn about jobs they might have some day in our community. The curriculum provides hands-on opportunities for students to learn about jobs they will then see first-hand on a weekly field trip.

Each year, Westfield Trilogy and Horizon independent agents are invited to nominate a local nonprofit for the Legacy of Caring program through the Westfield Insurance Foundation. The program invests in communities and helps impact disaster recovery, family stability or safety, and programs that invest in attracting and developing talent to insurance as a career. Local partners Heston Insurance Company, ONI Risk Partners, and Shepherd Insurance nominated the YMCA for the program.

Dave Abbott, owner of Heston Insurance states, “As an agency partner, we’re in this together. This program is an extension of the role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities, and we believe that our local YMCA’s mission aligns with that vision given its impact on youth, families, and our community.”

This year, the Westfield Insurance Foundation donated more than $500,000 to neighborhoods across the country. Agents from 88 agencies in 17 states donated to 95 nonprofits.

August 25th is YMCA Night at the Otters

August 6, 2018

We’re celebrating our Y family on Saturday, August 25th as the Evansville Otters take on the River City Rascals. FREE tickets are available to all YMCA members, staff, and volunteers at the front desk at either the Downtown or Dunigan YMCAs.

2018 5K/10K Results

August 5, 2018

We had so many people support us by running/walking in the 5K/10K on Saturday, August 4th.  Thank you to everyone that participated and to all the volunteers that helped make it happen.  Check out the race results »

2018 August Scripture of the Month

July 31, 2018

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  – Exodus 14:14

7 Keys to Back to School Fitness

July 31, 2018

Summer draws to a close and school is right around the corner for many children and parents. In one sense, it’s a relief.

But we all know it’s not that easy. With the school year comes the added stress of homework, extracurricular activities, waking up early, and carpooling. I’m cringing as I type.

As a mom, it’s hard enough to keep up with exercise without all the added stress thrown in. Here are eight ways to maintain your fitness and your sanity throughout the craziness of back-to-school season.

1. Manage Your Stress

Doing an activity every day, just for the sake of enjoyment, is one of the best ways to minimize stress. Before the school year starts, sit down and make a list of ten activities you enjoy. Don’t put too much thought into it; just let the thoughts come. Here’s an example list:

  1. Hiking
  2. Reading a novel
  3. Working in the garden
  4. Doing yoga
  5. Writing poetry
  6. Dancing
  7. Playing piano
  8. Knitting
  9. Baking
  10. Taking a hot bath with essential oils and magnesium salts

Every day, do at least one of these things for a minimum of thirty minutes. If you find yourself thinking, “I don’t have time for that,” take a step back and think about what this means. If you don’t have thirty minutes a day to do something you enjoy, you need to re-think your life.

2. Eat Food You Like

A healthy diet won’t be sustainable if you don’t enjoy the food you eat. During this busy time of year, it can become even easier to slip into bad eating patterns. If your healthy food is also food you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to eat it.There are plenty of delicious and nutritious foods out there, so don’t settle for bland and boring just because it’s good for you.

3. Play With Your Kids

It shouldn’t be hard to play with your kids, but sometimes it can be difficult to go from get-things-done mode to play mode. Challenge yourself to make that transition once a day. Losing yourself in play and forgetting about all the things that need to be done will go a long way in easing anxieties and worries you might have.

Physical play presents some opportunities to get in a few exercises with your kids as well. For example, create obstacle courses that involve movements like crawling, carrying, balancing, and hanging. When your kids get home from school, run the course with them a few times to get in play time and a short workout as a bonus.

4. Move Some Weight

Resistance training is your friend so get lifting. That can mean anything – bodyweight exercise, kettlebells, or Olympic lifts. Not only is moving weight around regularly good for your health – bone and joint health in particular – but it also relieves stress. It doesn’t have to be complicated and require a lot of equipment, either. Bodyweight exercises like pull upsmuscle upsdips, and pistols are challenging and fun to progress as well.


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5. Walk Every Day

Walking is an easy activity to do every day. Walking helps balance the pelvis and relieve stress. It’s also something you can do anywhere, with or without your children. Aim to walk briskly for at least thirty minutes every day.

6. Sleep Whenever Possible

If you’re a parent, particularly one with young children at home, sleep needs to be a priority. If possible, take naps during the day with your younger children. Go to bed at least eight hours before you need to wake up. That way, even if your kids keep you up for two hours at night, you’ll still get in a minimum of six hours of sleep.

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7. Set Goals and Reward Yourself

During hectic times, having small-scale goals that fit into a big-picture scheme is a helpful way to make sure you accomplish the things that are most important to you. This applies to all aspects of life.

And don’t forget to reward yourself when you achieve your goals. When your children work hard to make progress, you reward them, right? The same should apply to you.



Remember, don’t let Facebook status updates and viral photos of perfect bodies fool you. Taking care of kids and keeping up with exercise is not always easy or glamorous. There will be days when the last thing you want to do is pick up something heavy because you’ve been dragging around kids all day.

The key is to remember fitness isn’t just about fitness. There are other aspects at play that are just as important – if not more important – than grinding it out in the gym. So when the going gets tough and you find yourself grimacing at the thought of exercise, think outside the box and evaluate other lifestyle factors first.

Source: Nicole Crawford,

Help Raise Money for the YMCA Riptides Swim Team

July 12, 2018

The YMCA Riptides will have a giveback night at AZZIP pizza on Monday, July 16th at all Evansville and Newburgh locations. 20% of proceeds will go to the YMCA Riptides swim team to help with team and competition expenses. Just print/bring this flyer or show it on your mobile phone when paying >>

2018 July Scripture of the Month

July 12, 2018

“That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”  – John 17:21

2018 June Scripture of the Month

June 1, 2018

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  – John 14:6

Safety Tips for the Summer

May 31, 2018

The Y is more than a place to preserve your health. At the Y, you can focus on safety with your family whether that’s enrolling your kids in our newly reformatted swim lessons, taking First Aid or CPR training, learning Babysitting 101, or protecting from injury with a wellness orientation.
Summer is a season full of fun, but it can also create added danger along the way. Be safe this summer with these quick tips:
  • Teach your kids water safety around pools and lakes (or enroll them in swim lessons at the Y and we’ll teach them how to be safe)
  • Keep valuables out of sight and locked up tight (like in a locker, glove box, or car trunk) when shopping, watching your kids at the ball fields, or even exercising at the Y
  • Drink plenty of water because the more you sweat the faster dehydration can creep up on you
  • Protect yourself from the sun with plenty of sunscreen, hats, visors, or umbrellas when working in the yard or watching your kiddos play outside

JumpStart Is Here

May 30, 2018

Jump Start Training is currently in session – join anytime!  This FREE weekly training meets three days per week and will help prepare you to run or walk a 5K.  Visit for more information or call 492-6713 to talk to someone about this great program.

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